August 19, 2019


Class begins for Kansas City Public Schools with renewed focus on technology in the classroom

41 Action News

When the doors open at Kansas City Public Schools Monday, the Missouri school district will have what it says is the best WiFi network of any district in the metro. And students will have either an iPad or Chromebook to access that WiFi. The district’s director of technology said KCPS spent the summer basically relaunching its technology program.  Students in kindergarten through second grade will now get iPads in the classroom.

Music studio gives Kansas City middle schoolers unique education

Savannah Rudicel, KCTV 5 News

Students at Northeast Middle School are getting a one of a kind music education.  Students can learn how to play instruments like the violin and the cello, thanks to the generosity of a youth orchestra conductor. The director of the A-Flat music studio wants all Kansas City Public Schools to put music education at the center of the curriculum. The partnership with Northeast Middle started as a small loan three years ago, and now he brings dozens of instruments for more than 160 kids.

Kansas City Public Schools Goes Green, Adds 155 Propane-Fueled Blue Bird School Buses

By Pollution Online

Students returning to Kansas City Public Schools are riding in brand new propane autogas buses. The majority of the district’s school bus fleet now operates on this emission-reducing, economical fuel. On the outside, the 155 Blue Bird school buses look the same, but it’s their quiet ride and low emissions that attracted the district. “Kansas City is a progressive, tech-focused city, and we are always looking to provide outstanding service for our students,” said Chris Walls, director of transportation for KCPS. “In addition to reducing emissions, the propane school buses are much quieter. That means the driver can hear and communicate better with the students on board. Plus, the local neighborhood will no longer have to deal with our former noisy diesel bus warm ups at 4 a.m.”

9,000 hot dogs, 3 new recruiters: In a crowded field, KC schools pump up marketing

By Mara Rose Williams, KC Star

Children’s laughter and hip-hop sounds filled the sweltering morning air along Troost Avenue last Saturday as families lined up for about a quarter mile, waiting to enter Kansas City Public Schools’ annual back to school fair. It would end up the largest in district history — 6,000 people. Credit the district’s beefed up marketing efforts, part of a hard push to attract more students.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Missouri looks to improve student success with K-12 education changes

By Gretchen Bolander, Fourstates homepage

“Things have gone–knock on wood–just as we had hoped,” explained Superintendent Tony Rossetti. Webb City is expected to see significant enrollment growth, with 100 or more extra students this year. School leaders are keeping an eye on campus needs, while also preparing for a change in state standards with the Annual Performance Review (APR). “I think there’s going to be a fairly substantial change to the APR – it’s not going to read like it has in the past,” Rossetti added.

Fifth-Graders At Kansas City’s First All-Girls Charter Learn To Be Anti-Racist, Feminist Leaders

By Elle Moxley, KCUR Radio

Kansas City’s first charter school for girls only opens next week with a staff that reflects the diversity of its students and the community. Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy is entering a crowded charter market, but school leaders are counting on a curriculum that highlights the contributions of women and people of color to attract and keep students.

Schools Are Outdated. It’s Time For Reform

By Foundation for Economic Education

he public education system we currently know has been around for more than 150 years. However, the basic schooling model remains the same. Roughly 20 to 30 kids of the same age are stuffed into a classroom and taught by one teacher.  Even though the curricula have developed, the essence has stayed the same.

The Data Are In: Teenage Voting Hit ‘Historic’ High in 2018 Midterms

By Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week

In the midterm elections, voter turnout rates for 18- and 19-year-olds boomed to 22 percent, a “historic high point,” according to new data released today by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. Eighteen- and 19-year-olds represent first-time voters—the ones who either voted while in high school or in their first few months of college. There’s no direct way to compare the 2018 figure to 2014 midterm turnout data, because there is no similar analysis for that year.